In the past, all kinds of devices were simply inaccessible to the general public. Just 20 or 25 years ago, computers, laser cutters, printers, or even phones were simply too expensive for the average citizen. But, all of those things are becoming very accessible to regular consumers. Computers, phones, printers, 3D printers, and even laser cutters can now be bought for a fraction of the price that was 10, 15, or 20 years ago. But, if you do get a laser cutter, do you know what you can do with it?
I assume that you have not had such a device in your home previously. You probably have seen YouTube videos or just heard about it from someone else which piqued your interest. To give you a good enough reason for why you should get a laser cutter or hire a company that provides such services, here are some creative projects and ideas we found on the Internet that might inspire you.
Keep in mind, most of these were DIY or Do It Yourself. What you see in this article, you will be able to do it yourself. Obviously, once you obtain the knowledge and after enough practice.
1. Custom Keychain
Let us start with things that are a little bit simpler. An object that is small and something that you carry with yourself all the time. What can you think of? Well, for me, the object that I think is a metal keychain. I love small, metal objects that have intricate designs or engravings on them.
If you are like me, then you will love this idea. With enough material, you can make all kinds of different keychains. A big piece of stainless steel or any other metal can be obtained for a small amount of money. With this piece that you will obtain, you will have the freedom to practice as much as you want and to make the final product for yourself.
Once you get to know your machine, you will know how to custom cut the keychain and engrave it too.
On the keychain, you can put whatever you want. Your name, your initials, the initials of your loved one, or a motivating quote. If you are laser cutter allows it, you can even put a more intricate design such as an image, a figure, or whatever else you can think of.
2. Custom coin
Since we are still talking about small, sturdy, and hefty objects, I have to mention coins. From what I could see on the Internet, it seems like everyone that buys a laser cutter, they cut into coins first.
This is probably because every single person on this planet has some type of coin. Most of the time, smaller coins do not have a lot of words, so it is not really financially harmful to engrave onto these.
Honestly, I think that custom coins are a great idea as a gift for your friends or even a gift to yourself. Think of this as a lucky charm that you can create by yourself for yourself. Put on an interesting engraving, quote, or your favorite joke on it and put it in your wallet.
Not only will it look cool, but it will also be a great conversation starter. Unfortunately, coins are quite small which means that not every laser cutter can be precise enough for such a small object. That is why it is best to do your research before you buy the machine. For example, the BOSS FC Accu-CUT BT240S reviewed on woocnc.com looks like a great machine that can accurately cut into smaller objects made out of stainless steel, titanium, or any other metal alloy.
If you have obtained a laser cutter that has very accurate precision, why not start creating something even smaller and intricate. This can be either a great gift for your friends, your loved one, or close family friends. That is right, I am talking about jewelry.
Of course, the jewelry that you create will not be made out of gold, silver, or filled with diamonds, it will be a lot more simplistic, but it can still look quite good. If you start learning how to work your machine properly, you can even start making jewelry out of more precious materials and even sell the items that you create.
It is important not to limit yourself in any kind of way. Just keep in mind that jewelry requires a lot of focus and attention to very small details. Obviously, you will also need a machine that can cut with such precision.
4. Engraved drinking glasses
Do you have a certain pair of wine, beer, whiskey, or any other kind of drinking glasses that are special to you? A glass that you have shared with your best friend, your partner in life, or with a close family member.
If you want to make it even more special, with a laser cutter, you can easily engrave anything you want that. The initials of both you and the other person that drank from that class. An inside joke or accord that both of you love.
There is no limit to what you can and cannot do with this kind of device. You can cut anything you want on it. Keep in mind, glass is fragile, so make sure you do not overdo it otherwise, the structural integrity of the glass might start to give in. This could lead to the glass is breaking and that is probably not something that you want to happen.
5. Full-size drawer
Once you start to feel like you have advanced your skills in laser cutting, maybe it is time to take things up a notch. Why not make yourself an entire piece of furniture that you will use every single day? Well, if you thought that you cannot, you definitely could.
Out of all the ideas I saw online, I think that making your own full-size drawer is my favorite. You get to make the design, pick the size, and how it will work. The result of this project will rely on your creativity.
After browsing the Internet, I could easily find hundreds of laser cutting ideas that were very inspirational, but I believe these five I mentioned are the most interesting ones.